Social Stamping | 24 Aug 2020

Social Stamping has been going strong in term 3 with Mandy Depiazzi and Narelle Simm joining me to host this fun & creative card making session every week.

It was my turn to design the cards for yesterday’s class.  We’d had requests from some of our regular stampers to make teen and masculine cards, so that was my aim.

The first card started off as a series of black and white pieces, which I shared on my Instagram Stories. Don’t follow me yet?  You’ll find all my cards on my page and some bits and pieces of my day to day activities in my Instagram stories.  Click here to follow.

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All that black & white turned into a colourful birthday with the help of Stampin’ Blends.

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

The “HAPPY” is from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set – stamped on the Stamparatus using the hinged stamping technique to get even spacing.  In the between spaces we stamped ‘happy birthday’ from the Timeless Tulips stamp set.  And then we added more “HAPPY” using the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet, coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  The stripes on the card base are coordinating Stampin’ Blends using the brush end.

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

For those that preferred a more muted colour combination, there was an ombre option too…

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

The second card was inspired by a card in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue (pg 29) using the Geared Up Garage stamp set and Garage Gears Dies.

Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The catalogue is such a great place to check in for inspiration.  The sample in the catalogue was an invite, but I changed up the sentiment using the Well Said stamp set for either a Father’s Day or birthday option.

Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The background is Cajun Craze cardstock with Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing.  The layers are a Night of Navy 2″ strip of cardstock punched with the Banner Triple punch, a 2-1/2″ circle (this punch is now retired but there are similar options in the Layering Circles Dies) in Misty Moonlight cardstock that has been scrunched for a grungy look and a car from Geared Up Garage stamped in Real Red ink & die cut with the coordinating Garage Gears Dies.  Some Linen Thread finished the look and a sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Stampers had the option to fussy cut around the words or punch with the Classic Label punch.

This card brought about the most creativity of the day.  There were a few happy accidents with the embossing which led to sideways layouts and cards with fantastic ways to style the words including a sign post variation.

Although there’s a design to guide you, Social Stamping classes are all about having fun and I was so happy to see the stampers letting their inner creativity shine.

Social Stamping | kelly kent

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to join us for Social Stamping, we’d love to see you there!  The next session is Monday 31st August at 9.30am at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.  RSVP welcome but not essential via my Facebook page.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Social Stamping Blog Host | sympathy

Hello!  I started Social Stamping Blog Hosts back in March when COVID first started affecting our day to day life in Australia and we were in our first experience of lockdown.  It was a way to stay connected with each other and share projects in an online platform while many of us were at home.  Visit week 15 of the weekly Social Stamping posts to see all the topics – with links to each theme.  The themes were chosen for their relevance to the COVID experience and it was wonderful to see how they were interpreted and expressed through creative designs using paper, stamps & ink.

The next phase of our Social Stamping Blog Hosts have moved to a monthly hop with themes of social greetings.  They weren’t in any way meant to be related to COVID, but this month’s theme of “sympathy” still seems particularly relevant.  I wonder with COVID being so all encompassing at present, that everything in our world will somehow form ties to this pandemic we are living through.

It’s July 2020 and the world has undergone a humongous change.  It’s been 5 months of change, chaos, adaptation, adjustment and emotion.  We are living through the evolution of this virus – we are part of the research, action and analysis.  For some there’s been a huge amount of loss and grief and for others a wonderful amount of reflection and positivity.  Many of us have experienced the highs and lows of this pandemic rollercoaster.

While things are fairly stable here in our Western Australian bubble (for now), our east coast has had a spike in transmission and virus numbers.  My heart goes out to friends who are in Victoria and back into a lockdown environment. The first time around was challenging.  I’m not sure if the second lockdown is heartbreaking, or a sense of resigned de ja vu.

I’m also thinking about family and friends around the world who live in an area that is yet to feel like they are winning against the fight, where numbers keep rising and they feel vulnerable to the spread of the virus.  Socially distanced virtual hugs!

Sympathy cards are by far one of the hardest type of cards to make.  I’m looking forward to the inspiration on this hop, to be able to draw on the layouts, colours and designs of my crafty friends to make this task a little easier in the future.  There’s a full list of participants below, please enjoy the talents of my wonderful stamping friends!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | thinking of you

Happy Saturday!  Saturday has been one of the highlights of my blogging week for the past 3 months as I hop with my stamping friends as a way to stay connected through these COVID times.  Today’s theme is “thinking of you”.  There’s a full list of all the themes so far and all the designers participating in today’s hop on the main blog post for this hop – click here to visit.

For my cards today I’ve made 2 cards using the split card technique – an idea shared by Jennifer McGuire last month.  It’s a great way to get two cards with one lot of stamping and a great corner or border style design.  You can see Jennifer’s post here.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 5-5/8″ x 7-3/4″ and stamped the blossoms in Misty Moonlight down the middle portion of the cardstock, adding in Seaside Spray flowers, Night of Navy mini flowers and Crumb Cake accents.

The inspiration for the colours of this design came from Stacey Marsh – a demo I recently starting following in the UK.  Check out her Instagram – she’s amazing!  She had me at blue flowers!!

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Once all the stamping is done, cut the cardstock down the middle (at 3-7/8″) and use the pieces to make up your cards.

This first card features a Crumb Cake base and Vellum butterflies using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The second card features a Seaside Spray base, hearts from the Pattern Play stamp set and sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

This technique makes it easy to whip up some cards to send to family and friends in no time at all.  Feeling adventurous?  Try stamping a whole sheet and cutting into 4 pieces!!!  Or using die cuts for your images.  There’s so many possibilities!

Next up for more ‘thinking of you’ inspiration is my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm.

Thanks for hopping with us. If you need the full list of participants, click here to visit.

See you next week for more Social Stamping!

 

Social Stamping Blog Host | thinking of you

Hello & welcome to week 13 of Social Stamping.  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators bring you a host of projects all created with the same theme in mind.  You can see the previous weeks of Social Stamping by clicking on the themes below.  Make sure to visit week 1 if you want to read about how this all started.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)
Week 12: Travel

The theme today is “thinking of you”.  Like with many acute incidents, we start off with good intentions to stay in touch, check in on friends and be connected. But, as time goes by and the panic dissipates, we return to “normal life” – or the new normal – with more busy and more distractions.  Perhaps there’s someone you know who is still in isolation, someone who has less visitors than usual or someone who could do with some happy mail.

I know you’ll find lots of great inspiration on this hop.   There’s a full list of participants below.

Thinking of you cards are a lovely way to touch base and brighten someone’s day.  But don’t forget to send or deliver it!  The best kind of card is one that makes its way to someone else!

Participant List | “thinking of you”

 

Social Stamping | travel

Welcome to week 12 of Social Stamping.  The theme today is ‘travel’.

With three young kids in the mix at Papercraft HQ, my travel plans at this point of my life are not extensive, elaborate or far reaching.  A girl can certainly dream though!  On my list of places I’d like to travel are the Maldives to one of those resorts on the water, Croatia to see it’s magnificent coastline, Japan to see the cherry blossoms and Vietnam for some more South East Asian Culture.  What’s on your bucket list of travel destinations?

With COVID-19 changing how we all travel for the immediate future, I’m excited about some travel around the state I live in – which is huge and a major internationally appealing travel destination, so I’m very lucky!

My project for today is inspired by the time honoured tradition of sending postcards while on holiday.  Nanna Papercraft holidays more often than I do and always sends lots of postcards along the way to include us in the fun.  International holiday related happy mail is always fun to receive, even if they do beat some of them back!

Silhouette Scenes Postcard | kelly kent

The stamping for this card is black heat embossing on Whisper White cardstock using the boy from the Silhouette Scenes stamp set. I love the symbolism of the boy looking into the future.  I imagine him searching for the great adventures that lie ahead.

Silhouette Scenes Postcard | kelly kent

I used my Stamparatus so I could get the boy in the same place on every panel.  The panels are coloured with different inks (Real Red, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry) and splattered with water to add some texture.

This is the reverse side that turns it into a postcard…

Swirly Frames Postcard | kelly kent

How awesome are the Swirly Frames stamps for creating a postcard theme!!!

I feel like this might be the start of a new phase!  Postcards are fun to send through the mail because not just the recipient gets to enjoy them on the way!

To see more travel projects, keep hopping through the great projects ahead, starting with my gorgeous friend Nicole WilsonYou can see the full list of participants by visiting the main blog post.

Thanks for joining us today – I hope you enjoyed the journey!

Social Stamping Blog Host | travel

Hi!  Thanks for joining us for week 12 of social stamping.  If you haven’t seen any of the other hops, I’d highly recommending choosing a theme or two and taking a spin around the hop.  Each week since this all started (thanks to the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation), my stamping friends have joined me to share their talents with us all.  Thank you friends, for your constant source of inspiration.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)

Today’s theme is travel, which has some level of irony given many of us are travelling less than ever before.  Despite the obvious lack of travel we experienced when in lockdown – whether confined to our own homes, or unable to travel between regions, one of the biggest side-effects of COVID-19 has been the change to the way we move around the world.  In Australia, travel between states is extremely limited and there’s almost no travel out of Australia.

We were lucky to be able to contain our island border when the pandemic started and I’m grateful that this has kept our numbers low and our country as safe as possible in these uncertain times.  But, I know many of us long to travel again – to explore new places, to have new experiences and to see loved ones we are geographically separated from.

Australia has been able to relax restrictions in recent weeks, allowing bigger gatherings and more freedom in movement.  So, whether we are able to travel now (albeit locally) or we’re planning for some future adventure, let this travel inspired hop be your adventure for today!

To see the full list of participants, click on the links below.

Thanks for travelling with us!


Participant List | “travel”

Social Stamping Blog Host | Hearts

Hello!  Welcome to Social Stamping #10! When I first suggested this to my stamping friend, I wasn’t sure where we were heading.  It was a great way to keep us connect during the COVID-19 times and a way to share via our blog when we couldn’t share in person.

In most parts of Australia, we are easing back into the new normal.  Where I live, we are one week away from phase 3 restrictions – which means playgrounds are open again, beauty salons can welcome customers, sports can start again and restaurants are able to run a full dining room.  With everything crossed that we don’t regress, I am going to enjoy phase 3.  I hope that wherever you are in the world, you are feeling safe and positive that your area has this under control.

The theme for today’s Social Stamping is “hearts”.  Throughout this pandemic, I’ve seen so many examples of people with big hearts, acts of love & kindness and an outpouring of community spirit and togetherness.  Please enjoy the projects the designers have put together and take inspiration for some craftiness this weekend!

If you haven’t seen the other Social Stamping Blog Hosts, check out the theme for each week by clicking on the links below:

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals

Thanks for hopping with us.  Without you, blogging wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!

Participant List | hearts
  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Narelle Simm
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Vicki Boucher
  5. Julia Quinn
  6. Lisa Whitehead
  7. Sandra Collett
  8. Michelle Strazds
  9. Chantell Randall
  10. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  11. Sheila Pybus
  12. Andrea Mears
  13. Andrea Sargent
  14. Elizabeth Gross
  15. Peta Stephen
  16. Denise Buetler

Social Stamping | hearts

I’m having one of those weeks, months, or is it years?!? where I can’t believe it’s the end of May!  Time is just rushing by!

My stamping friends have now joined me for ten Social Stamping Blog Hosts – a big thank you to them for sharing in this with me.  What started as a way to connect and share during COVID has now become a Saturday ritual.

The theme for today is hearts.  You can see the whole list of designers who are participating by clicking here for the Blog Host post, or keep clicking on the next button to take the trip around.

Hearts are such a wonderfully uplifting symbol.  For me, they are about love, kindness and friendship.  The card I’ve made to share today is about all of these things.  It uses the ‘sending hugs’ heart from the Share Sunshine PDF.  This exclusive digital stamp set is available until 2nd June 2020. Click here to purchase and contribute to the COVID-19 fundraiser.  So far, Stampin’ Up! have raised almost $200,000 (US).  Click here for instructions to make some cards using DSP & the Share Sunshine images.

The colours and styling for this card started with wanting the heart to be printed on Crumb Cake cardstock.  So far, all the cards I’ve made and many of the ones I’ve seen other share have printed the sentiments on Whisper White cardstock.  I wanted to try it out on Crumb Cake – and I love it!!!  The sentiment is cut using the solid heart from the Heart Punch Pack.

Sending Hugs | kelly kent

One of my favourite combinations for Crumb Cake is Mint Macaron and Whisper White.  I had the Forever Fern bundle delivered this week and I couldn’t wait to use the gorgeous leaves from the Forever Flourishing Dies.  These dies were available as an early release to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  They can be purchased by customers from Wednesday (3rd June).

Sending Hugs | kelly kent

I’ve added in some Vellum leaves because I love how this softly fills out a leafy flourish.  There’s also Nature’s Twine and Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon behind the heart for some lovely texture.

Here’s my little cheat trick for getting the twine on each side without looping across the back.  This saves a lot of ribbon for big shapes!  Add some Tear & Tape (or other double sided adhesive) to the back of the shape.  Make a circle with the twine or ribbon and then fold it back on itself From the front, it will look like it loops across and back, but you’ll save yourself a heap of ribbon or twine (especially for large shapes).

Cheat tip - twine loop | kelly kent

You can add more ribbon behind the twine loops for extra texture, like I’ve done in my card using the Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon.

Sending Hugs | kelly kent

While I was taking photos of my cards today (because last minute is how I roll!), these little guys appeared on the fence.  Native to Australia, Kookaburras have the most amazing ‘laugh’.  We often hear them in the trees but we don’t see them as much.

Kookaburras | kelly kent

One more share, since hearts are all about love – here’s an anniversary card I made for the Social Stamping May Kits.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

It uses ink blending on the back panel and then hearts from the Detailed Hearts Die.  I was happy to see this appear in the new catalogue – it’s a gorgeous array of hearts that looks beautiful on every card!  To see more about my May Social Stamping Kits, click here.


Next blog to visit for the heart themed Social Stamping is my very wonderful friend Narelle Simm.

Thank you for joining us!  Have a great (crafty) weekend!  It’s wet and cold here – perfect weather for cups of tea and lots of card making!

 

Social Stamping | May 2020 Kit

It’s looking promising for returning to holding classes, but we are not quite there yet.  I’m excited to continue to bring Social Stamping to your home – via kits.

The May kit contains the cardstock & embellishment supplies to create 3 cards.  All cards use ink blending, so you’ll need ink plus brushes or sponge daubers to create this effect.  Add your favourite adhesive and stamped sentiments to complete your cards.

Social Stamping May Kit | kelly kent

To purchase the May 2020 kit, click on the icon below.

Social Stamping Kit – May 2020

Cardstock and embellishments to create 3 cards using ink blending technique. Includes post or delivery Australia wide. Does not include blending tools, adhesive, stamps, ink or stamped images. Instructions on making cards will be emailed within 48 hours of payment

A$15.00

Thank you for supporting Social Stamping.  I look forward to being able to craft together in person soon!

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Social Stamping | animals

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for today’s Social Stamping Blog Host.  I’m joined by some amazing designers to share projects with the theme ‘animals’.  To see a full list of everyone joining in today, click here for the participant list.

I had a hard time deciding which stamp set to use for this hop – I’ve collected a few with animals and they are all super cute!  After receiving my preorder of new Stampin’ Up! products from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue during the week, I decided the new Flowers for Every Season DSP was perfect for the retiring Leave A Little Magic stamp set.

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

This time of year is my favourite for mixing the old & the new.  New colours and patterns are an easy way to freshen up a stamp set that has been neglected in your stash!

2020-2022 In Colors | kelly kent

The new In Colors for 2020-2022 are Magenta Madness (used here for the card base) plus Just Jade, Bumblebee, Mist Moonlight (all seen in the DSP) and Cinnamon Cider.  I’m in love!!!

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

The style of this card has a flat base and then a folded card in the middle.  It’s super fun to make and so easy!

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

There’s a fold over band, which I’ve tucked under the unicorn’s feet to keep it flat.

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

The unicorn was stamped on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, heat embossed in silver and coloured with an Aqua Painter and inks (Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry & Pretty Peacock).  The body of the unicorn has been layered with Frost White Shimmer Paint (which no matter how I tried I couldn’t capture the shimmer in the photo).

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

Every unicorn needs a floral crown, so I fussy cut a few flowers from the DSP and added them for a finishing touch.

I can’t wait for you to see more with these new colours.  They are bright and fun and I know you’re going to love them!  New catalogue ordering is available from 3rd June 2020, or join my Paper Adventures Team now to get early access and a great discount!

If there’s any retiring products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue that you’d still like to order, you will need to do so ASAP.  Click here to browse the Last Chance Retirement List in my online store.

Next clever blogger on the list is Nicole Wilson

Thanks for hopping with us!